NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department is working to provide educational resources for expectant mothers in the Lowcountry.
With the title, “A Baby Changes Everything,” the event includes a baby shower where mothers receive gifts. It’s taking place on Saturday morning.
Organizers say the event includes vendors from around the Lowcountry who will present brief workshops on traveling with a baby, healthy lifestyle choices, postpartum depression, breast feeding and more.
North Charleston Police Department’s Maj. Angela Johnson organized the event this year.
“We created this event because we had infant deaths,” Johnson said. “In order to give back to the community and possibly save some lives we created this event for new and expectant mothers to educate them and equip them with different resources on how they can take care of their baby safely.”
The event is drive-in style to allow for social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event participants will remain in their cars and they’ll be able to review the presentation on screen.
Participants also learned about how to properly prepare newborns for bed.
“You want to avoid sleeping with your children, but we know that it’s going to happen,” Johnson said. “If you have to have your child in your bed with you possibly get an in-bed sleeper that acts like a barricade between you and your child so that they can sleep safely.”
Accidental deaths have been caused when someone rolls over on the child while the child is sleeping in bed.
Organizers say infant deaths have decreased in North Charleston since the event launched in 2017.
Raffle and door prizes include cribs, diaper bags, strollers and infant sleepers.
Lowcountry organizations I Serve with Joy and Bundles of Joy Diaper Bank provided additional gifts include diapers, clothes for babies and gifts for new moms.
Registration has ended for the event.